Water woes affect township residents

2018-07-06 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoWater containers stand empty near a dry tap at the Mphela area.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoWater containers stand empty near a dry tap at the Mphela area.

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PEOPLE of Horseshoe and Mphela can be seen walking around, carrying empty buckets, as they search for water after their taps went dry earlier this month.

Residents said their taps have been dry from Monday morning, while others say they have spent two weeks without the essential service.

When Feverreporter Siphelele Nketo walked around the area, he saw a number of containers standing next to dry taps while people washed their laundry at the Umzintlava River.

Bhongweni residents also went without water on some days last week and, according to residents, some taps offered unclean water.

Horseshoe resident Nomthandazo Nojame, who has been staying in the area since 2006, said there was no life without water. She said that everyday she had to search the area, looking for water, and some days she returned home empty.

“I always get water from the tap next door but they have also gone dry now. The municipality needs to show concern for our lives by fixing these water issues,” said Njomane.

“When we informed our ward councillor about the problem of water, she said we need to report to the district municipality. We also raised the water issue at our Sukuma Sakhe meetings,” said another Horseshoe resident and member of Sukuma Sakhe, Mawethu Nocanda.

Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza said the municipality has experienced blockages of pipes and water could not flow smoothly to the reservoirs, resulting in the community not getting water from their taps.

Meanwhile, Harding residents in Ward 3 also experienced water shedding this week.

Ugu District Manager of Public Participation Mondli Ngcobo said the Harding plant has been temporarily shutdown as a result of the Harding Dam being critically low.

“We currently supply the whole Harding area through the Weza Plant, which is also now very strained due to supplying beyond its capacity. The municipality has therefore introduced water shedding, between 5 pm and 4 am, to build up capacity overnight,” said Ngcobo. He urged businesses with water storages that need to be filled up to contact the ward councillor.

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